The Whatnauts

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This soulful vocal trio from Baltimore, USA, formed in 1969 and comprised Billy Herndon (lead), Garnett Jones (tenor) and Gerald ‘Chunky’ Pinkney (baritone). The trio first came to national prominence in 1970 when their socially-conscious single ‘Message From A Black Man’ on A&I Records made the R&B Top 20. They then joined Sylvia Robinson’s Stang label and recorded some of the most underrated R&B vocal group records of the early 70s; including ‘Please Make The Love Go Away’ in 1970 and their biggest US success ‘I’ll Erase Away The Pain’ a year later. The group also recorded with other Stang artists including Linda Jones and the Moments. It was ‘Girls’, that teamed them with the Moments, and gave them a UK number 3 hit in 1975. The group also had limited success with releases on GSF in 1973 and Harlem International in 1982.

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